Tag: Camping

Camping Gear – The Basics for a Good Time

By boatingrvcenter • November 4, 2009 3:39 PM

camping gear rentalCamping can be a fun and rewarding activity for the entire family. Getting away from stress and setting your own schedule brings a feeling of relaxation and accomplishment. But you can’t just jump into an RV and take off. A successful camping trip requires a lot of planning.

First you have to purchase or rent a camping gear. You need shelter such as a tent, cabin, or RV, and you need something to sleep on. This could be a bed, sleeping bag, pad, cot, air mattress, etc. Next up would be food, cooking appliances, and utensils. You also need emergency first aid supplies.

First time campers should take a trip with someone that’s experienced and knows the type of camping gear you will need. This is the fastest way to learn. People that camp a lot already have all the necessary camping gear and can show you how to use it.

There is no need to buy the most expensive camping equipment on the market. Mid-priced camping gear will work just fine for most trips. One area that must be addressed is the type of sleeping equipment you will use. If going to cold areas and using sleeping bags, make sure the ones you purchase are rated for the expected temperature range where you will be staying.

Your first tent should provide adequate weather protection. It needs to be large enough to hold all occupants with gear and still be comfortable. A lot of people use popup campers instead of tents. These work very well and also get you up off the ground. The only issue is setup and takedown time, but this is not really much of a problem if you are going to be staying for a week or more.

Making a bed at the campground is not difficult. You need padding to cushion you from the ground or hard surface in an RV or trailer. Inflatable and closed-cell pads work well. Your sleeping bag goes on top of the pad. Again, make sure your bag is rated for the temperature range. If it gets too warm, you can sleep on top of the bag with a sheet or blanket. Don’t forget to bring a pillow!

Cooking can be one of the more pleasant activities when camping. There are a lot of recipes on the Internet that you can try. If you are good at backyard grilling, you most likely have a lot of different ideas to use. Don’t forget to pack everything you need. Most campgrounds have grills available for use. You can also purchase a propane stove and cook anywhere you like. And there is always campfire cooking. Just be sure to use good safety precautions with a campfire.

Camping gear can be purchased new or used from a lot of resources. There is nothing wrong with buying used equipment and you can save a lot of money this way. Check the gear closely and make sure it works as expected before you buy. If you are looking at something that uses propane or other gas, be sure to check for leaks and worn parts (like hoses) that could be dangerous.

RV Rentals – Go RVing Without Ownership Costs

By boatingrvcenter • October 29, 2009 12:13 PM

RV rentals are quite popular. People rent for a variety of reasons, from “try before you buy” to “I just want to rent an RV for one vacation.” Whatever the reason, RV rentals provide a good way to enjoy a vacation without the hassle of outright ownership. For additional fees, some rental companies will provide a fully stocked RV so that you can just load your personal items and go.

The most common rentals are motor homes. They are easier to drive because they operate similar to an automobile. Of course, you have to take the overall size into consideration. Be careful about height requirements when pulling into camping areas. It’s pretty easy to damage the roof from a low hanging tree limb or some other object. There can also be several blind spots that mirrors don’t show. Watch yourself when changing lanes.

Rental cost depends on the size and age of the RV, the season, length of rental time, additional services like delivery if requested, outfitting with linens, dishes, and food if you don’t want to do this yourself. Look for companies that are running specials. These discounts can be quite large in the offseason.

A valid driver’s license and proof of age are required by all rental companies. You can also ask for basic driving instructions if you are not familiar with the model. Most RVs are not difficult to drive. As stated earlier, getting used to the overall size is the biggest concern.

Be sure to ask about insurance. Some companies require you to purchase protection, while others do not. Either way, you want to be covered for physical damages and liability. Your auto insurance might already provide this. Call your agent to find out.

Another consideration is mileage costs. Sometimes there will be a limit on the miles driven in a day. Going over that limit will incur additional charges. Ask about these before signing the rental form. There might also be a charge if the primary driver is under 25 years old. And some will charge extra if any driver is under the age limit. Check into this to be sure you know the true cost.

You will be required to make a deposit against damage. This charge will be refunded if you return the RV in good condition. The amount varies with different companies, but is usually around $500. You need to account for this when planning your trip.